Quality cork is harvested from the cork oak tree found in Mediterranean areas. The tree forms a thick, rugged bark that is harvested about every 10 years to produce cork products such as wine stoppers, coasters, bulletin boards and…flooring. The harvesting of the cork does not harm the tree, in fact, no trees are cut down during the harvesting process. Only the bark is extracted, and a new layer of cork regenerates, making it a rapidly-renewable resource.
The natural characteristics of cork make it an ideal choice for many rooms of the home. Cork is a natural insulator making it warm underfoot, comfortable to stand on for periods of time, and is anti-allergenic and easy to maintain.
At House+Earth, our cork mosaic flooring is produced from recycled wine stoppers that are cut and sheeted in 1’x2’ sheets, either with a flexible paper mesh-backing or an adhesive sticker on the front (similar to other tile mosaics). They are installed using the glue-then-grout method, just with a couple extra steps. These floors have all the characteristics and benefits of more traditional cork floors but they are also suitable for saunas, showers and other potentially wet areas.
Come into H+E today and view our samples! Set up a complimentary consultation with our in-house designers (me!) and we can discuss using this product in your space!